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294                              LIFE OF
had the pleasure of admiring two geniuses at the
same time, and see one genius admire the other.
Hurnboldt's own ideas she thinks excellent, and can-
not understand some persons"7 opinions of him. " You
always considered Humboldt an extraordinary philo-
sopher, and praised and exalted him, but denied his
knowledge of character. Has he then never spoken
with you as he has written in this review ? Or have
you entirely misunderstood him ? Else you must have
bowed deeply before his knowledge of character/"
Other less favourable reviews of " Waldemar **
appeared in other journals, soon after the publication
of Humboldt's criticism ; so that it would seem that
he was led by his friendship for Jacobi to judge Ms
work too favourably.
Besides this review, two essays, which he wrote for
the Horen, are remarkable.    I. " On the difference
of Sex, and its influence on Organic ISTature/' and II.
** On Masctdine and Feminine Form/'    They were
written during the time of his most intimate commu-
nion with Schiller, but are entirely his own, and a
kind of centre of his ideal world.    For,, although he
may have discussed these subjects with Schiller, and
modified or enlarged his ideas by communication^ it
could easily be proved from their correspondence that
Humboldt persuaded and encouraged Schiller to turn
Ms  genius  to  the   consideration   of these   subjects.,
.Schiller also never entered so earnestly or deeply into
the aubjeet as Humboldt did ; he treats the subject
only ia some lyrie^ lyric-didactic and epigrammatic
poem% ie. cc Wtirde der Frauen/" " Die Gesehlecter/*
" Ttigend des Weibes/* " Die Schonste Erscheimmy/*
 Forum des Weibes/' <" Weibliches Urtheil," "Das
Weibliche Ideal/* which all appeared in 1795 and
17$6, during the period of, or immediately following,
bis intercourse with Humboldt, who descends into the
depths of his subject, and draws the pure ore from the
rich mine of Ms thought.    Any attempt at a descrip-
tion of the chain of ideas developed by Himboldt in
these essays would lead us. beyond* our Mmits,